Black Winter was initially developed for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia and made available this past January. Due to an upswell of calls for its full release, you'll now be able to get Black Winter at your local music store or favorite online dealer. Black Winter's look matches its dark intentions: a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, red wire and the Seymour Duncan logo in Old English font.
Goby Labs is a company in Venice Beach, California. They offer microphone stands, guitar stands, tablet stands and — more recently — guitar-care products through Hosa distribution. I checked out the Universal Guitar Stand (pretty self-explanatory) and the GuitarHook Thingy (a clamp-based stand that allows your microphone stand to double as a guitar stand).
DR Strings has announced NEON Hi-Def WHITE guitar and bass string sets, which are White in color and UV and Black Light active. DR NEON Hi-Def WHITE strings are super-bright coated strings that will sound clear, bright and musical as well as provide unparalleled string performance and longevity. All strings in the sets are completely protected and white in color.
Lace Music Products has released a new edition of metal-inspired humbuckers — the Finger Burners. These new humbuckers, for the neck and bridge positions, run the sonic gauntlet from metal, hard rock, classic rock and punk.
Man O’ War is the latest series of bass pickups from Lace Music Products. The company has been designing pickups since the late '70s. You’re probably familiar with their Lace Sensor pickups found on the iconic Plus series Fender guitars and basses, as well as a few of Eric Clapton’s signature Stratocasters.
SKB has announced that Strat/Tele guitar and Precision/Jazz bass cases are available now — only from SKB Corporation. The cases were previously manufactured exclusively for Fender Corporation. The 1SKB-66PRO Rectangular Electric Guitar case accommodates Stratocaster- and Telecaster-shaped models, while the 1SKB-44PRO Electric Bass case will fit Precision- and Jazz-style basses.
Despite the all love, some players complain that the Jaguar doesn’t have the sustain of a Strat, and — from personal experience — it often has this weird string-buzz thing going on. Which is one of the reasons I sold my Jaguar for beer money in 2007 (I did eventually crawl back into this corner of the universe when I bought a Jazzmaster in 2011).